UH President: “I can say that should TMT come to Mauna Kea, the Hawaiian community and community-at-large will benefit through an annual $1 million community benefit package…”

Richard Ha recently posted a post on his blog entitled “TMT is Pono” where he talks about a community meeting where they created some radio spots for the Thirty Meter Telescope project.

Wayne Joseph and I left a comment for Mr. Ha and the response that he gave me is very pleasing.

Statement from UH President David McClain:

UH President David McClain

After discussions with academic and community leaders on the Big Island, and review with the Board of Regents, I can say that should TMT come to Mauna Kea, the Hawaiian community and community-at-large will benefit through an annual $1 million community benefit package, which will provide funding for locally chosen and managed educational programs on Hawai’i Island. This will begin once all permits for the project have been received.

The compensation to the University of Hawai’i, which is expected to begin at “first light”, will be split equitably between a higher education package to be used for selected initiatives of the University of Hawai’i at Hilo and Hawai’i Community College on Hawai’i Island and observing time for University of Hawai’i scientists.

David McClain
President
University of Hawaii

The Daytime Coqui Frogs

Ok, so recently I learned that it’s only the male coqui frogs that are making all this racket here on the islands.  Of course it’s their mating call.  Maybe they should be called Horny Coqui’s.

The thing I don’t understand, is from reading many websites and looking for information on them, it says that they only really make their croaks/chirps or whatever you want to call them in the evening.

I say they are coming out earlier and earlier in the daytime.  Could coquis adapt to Hawaii’s environment in such a way that we end up listening to these pesky buggahs all the time?

This video was shot at about 4:00 today and I definitely hear a few coquis.  It only gets louder as the evening goes on.  Of course I live in an area that has a pretty bad population of them.

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Project Better Place… The Commercial

Project Better Place founder Shai Agassi together with Renault-Nissan and world governments aim to fill the globe with Electric Cars and stop oil forever. As of today Israel, Denmark, Australia, San Fransisco, Hawaii and Canada have signed up for the 2010-2012 time frame.

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Six College-Bound Pahoa High School Grads Receive Scholarships From Puna Geothermal Venture

Six seniors from Pahoa High School will attend college this fall with scholarships from Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) and Tropical Ponds Hawaii LLC, an exotic fish farm located on the PGV site.

At the Pahoa H.S. awards ceremony: (top left) Tiana-Marie Kahealani Araujo- Thornton, Lei Kyna Ganiron, and Kaleikini; (bottom left) Fuafetoimailelagi-FiaSalemeanai Valinda-Sue Wilson, Krissel Anne Alcon Lagua, Denarose Fukushima and Rex Fiesta.

At the Pahoa H.S. awards ceremony: (top left) Tiana-Marie Kahealani Araujo- Thornton, Lei Kyna Ganiron, and Kaleikini; (bottom left) Fuafetoimailelagi-FiaSalemeanai Valinda-Sue Wilson, Krissel Anne Alcon Lagua, Denarose Fukushima and Rex Fiesta.

“There is no better investment than the education of our Puna youth,” said
Michael Kaleikini, PGV plant manager. “We are particularly proud of this year’s winners and look forward to following their progress.”

One of the students, Denarose Fukushima, worked as an intern at the PGV
administrative office last summer.

This is the tenth year PGV has awarded scholarships in cooperation with Pahoa High School, which selects the recipients.

Fukushima and Lei Kyna Ganiron each received $1,000 to attend University of Hawai‘i-Hilo. Krissel Anne Alcon Lagua, Fuafetoimailelagi-FiaSalemeanai Valinda-Sue Wilson, Tiana-Marie Kahealani Araujo-Thornton, and Rex Fiesta each received $500 to attend Hawai‘i Community College.

PGV is also a sponsor of this year’s annual “Salute to the Graduates Program”
hosted by Pacific Radio Group, Inc. which recognizes outstanding seniors from 15 Big Island high schools.

Tomorrow: Community Sign Waving Event in Support of Thirty Meter Telescope

Media Release

tmt

WHAT: Community Sign Waving Event in Support of
Thirty Meter Telescope

WHEN: Friday, June 12, 4 pm – 6 pm

WHERE: Fronting the King Kamehameha Statue at Hilo Bayfront

The community is invited to come and rally support for the Thirty Meter
Telescope this Friday as the proposed $1.2 billion Thirty Meter Telescope Project prepares to present its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to the island wide audience next week.

Community supporters will have TMT Yes! buttons, signs and t-shirts on hand for sign waving supporters.

We are encouraging our Big Island ohana to come out and support this
once-in-a-generation opportunity to show that our island is united in its support of the Thirty Meter Telescope. Bring the entire family.

Richard Ha’s Hamakua Springs Farm is supplying the first 150 supporters with a clamshell of grape tomatoes.

For further information contact Laura Aquino at Current Events (808)
326-7820.

Video: Congresswoman Mazie Hirono Condemns Murder of Dr. George Tiller

Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) speaks on the House Floor to condemn the murder of Dr. George Tiller at his church in Wichita, Kansas on May 31, 2009.

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